2020-2021 SIMULATION TREASURER CANDIDATE STATEMENTS

Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.

Aga De Castro, MD, MPH
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

A DeCastroI would like to express my interest for the Treasurer position on the Simulation Academy Executive Board. I hope to share my unique experience and viewpoint as a new faculty member to the Executive Board. As the most recent Chair of EMRA’s Simulation Committee, I would like to continue my work on the national stage by getting involved in the Simulation Academy Executive Board. I will ensure transparency in the Academy’s financial reports to our general membership and Executive Committee. I will also commit to assisting the Academy in any capacity the Executive Board would see fit.

I am a practicing Emergency Medicine Attending Physician at Hartford Hospital and hold an academic appointment as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. I completed my medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. I then completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at the University of Connecticut. I subsequently finished the Medical Simulation fellowship at the Center for Education, Simulation and Innovation (CESI) at Hartford Hospital. I served as the Chair of EMRA’s Simulation Committee during his time as an EM resident.

Sara Hock, MD
Rush University System for Health, Rush Medical College

S HockAs a current Member-at-large on the Simulation Academy Board, Dr. Hock has a proven track record of success that she hopes to continue in her service as Treasurer for the Simulation Academy. Dr. Hock completed residency at the University of Chicago and Simulation Fellowship at Cook County/Rush. She is now the Site Director of the Cook County/Rush Simulation Fellowship. She has been a member-at-large on the SAEM Simulation Academy board since 2018. During this time she has been an active member of the Awards Committee and was a founding organizer of the Resident/Fellow Travel Award; Dr. Hock has also served on the Faculty Development Committee and is currently developing the Meet-the-mentor podcast series for the Simulation Academy. She is a contributing member to the 2019 and 2020 SAEM Preconference courses sponsored by the Simulation Academy and has led the development of a similar course for the 2020 IMSH conference. Dr. Hock is the prior winner of the Simulation fellows Forum Presentation Award and the SAEMF Novice Research Grant Awardee for the Simulation Academy.

As treasurer, Dr. Hock hopes to continue her involvement in the SAEM Simulation Academy Board and use her prior experience with building budgets for the Simulation Academy and the Simulation division at her institution. She would like to continue the Simulation Academy’s support of junior members who have shown potential for leadership and improve the mentorship opportunities for junior residents, fellows, and faculty. Specifically, she would like to organize virtual “mentor chats” throughout the year with focused topics such as “Preparation for academic promotion for faculty in simulation-based education,” and continue her work on the development of enduring resources such as the podcast.

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Tiffany Moadel, MD
Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health

T MoadelI completed my Simulation fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine in 2015 and later stayed on to serve for several years as the Director of Medical Student Simulation at the Yale Center for Medical Simulation, before moving back to NY for my current position.

I am an attending physician and member of the core faculty at the North Shore-LIJ Emergency Medicine residency program, Director of Medical Student Simulation within the North Shore-LIJ Residency Program and Co-Director of Medical Simulation Fellowship at Northwell Health.

While I have been a member of the Simulation Academy for a number of years, I am interested in taking a more active role by serving on the executive board, so that I can help advocate for our unique community and to represent the interests of our members.

As a member of the Simulation Academy, I would like to defend our voices when it comes to major decisions regarding accreditation of simulation fellowships and protected time for academic faculty. Currently, there is a movement towards standardized accreditation of simulation fellowships. Additionally, stakeholders are looking to scrutinize or even eliminate protected time of academic physicians. As an academic physician and Co-Director of our simulation fellowship, I understand the strains these measures would have on our jobs and livelihood. I feel that it is more important now than ever for the Simulation Academy lead these discussions as the voice of academic emergency medicine simulationists and to defend our views amongst competing interests.

Expanding on previous initiatives, I would like to work with the Academy to develop “mini communities of practice” surrounding specific areas of focus within simulation, to connect members with interests and expertise in specific topics, to allow for collaboration, creation of enduring academic work and to push the bar in simulation-based research. I am also interested on drawing in experience from our more senior members to create a Simulation Junior Faculty Development Guide, to provide junior members with mentorship, advice on building a successful career, and resources to help them develop research projects, obtain grants and write manuscripts.

I feel that I am qualified to serve our community as a member of the executive board in full capacity. I have the energy, motivation, organizational and leadership skills to help defend and serve my fellow members. As a simulation educator working to do what I love and to foster a successful academic career, I understand the importance of mentorship and collaboration in helping to develop one’s career. I would like to help facilitate collaboration between simulation educators within our community and to develop resources and programs to assist other faculty to develop their careers in simulation.

Stephanie Stapleton, MD
Boston University/Boston Medical Center

S StapletonI completed my emergency medicine residency at University of Connecticut in 2013. During the following year, I was a simulation fellow at Hartford Hospital under the tutelage of Alise Frallicciardi and Thomas Nowicki. After fellowship completion, I became an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and Director of Emergency Medicine Simulation for Boston Medical Center. For the last 2 years, I have served as secretary for the Simulation Academy Research Subcommittee.

The simulation academy has been a fertile collaboration ground for me as a junior faculty member at Boston University. I would like to give back to the academy and members by serving as treasurer.

I have three main goals that focus on collaborative organization, dissemination and public relations. The first goal is to form a collaborative research infrastructure for members to share and receive mentorship on their research initiatives.. This structure may be used for pitching ideas, designing research, writing manuscripts, or other troubleshooting. I currently serve on the research subcommittee that is beginning to work on this idea.

My second goal is to increase our web presence through maximizing our website and contribute to the FOAMEd community!. We have lots of collaborative material that we should disseminate. Imagine telling a global audience about your new model, debriefing technique or latest finding. The EM sim and sim-curious community need this information in a central place.

These goals are complementary to my third goal of improving our public relations, recruitment and retention of active members. Word of mouth advertising tends to be best. Productive collaborations and helpful websites often fuel these positive flames.

Let’s improve our collaborative organization, dissemination and public relations. Please elect Steph Stapleton as treasurer for the Simulation Academy.